Prime Minister Scott Morrison has strongly condemned a propaganda image of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on social media, calling for it to be sharply removed Escalating Australian dispute with China

The ministry on Monday shared the picture of alleged Australian war crimes in Afghanistan being treated. The picture is said to show a special forces soldier slitting the throat of an Afghan child with his head wrapped in an Australian flag, “Don’t be afraid we’ll come to you Bringing peace, “said words above the picture state

In his strongest comments on the Chinese government’s actions since taking office as Prime Minister, Morrison said the image was “really offensive” and “offensive”

“The Chinese government should be totally ashamed of this post. It diminishes it in the eyes of the world,” he said

“It’s an absolutely outrageous and disgusting arc Australia apologizes to the State Department and we ask that it be removed from Twitter”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in the post that he was “shocked by the murder of Afghan civilians and prisoners by Australian soldiers”

“We strongly condemn such acts and demand that they be held accountable,” says the post attached to the picture

The illustration was created by Wuheqilin, a self-proclaimed Chinese “wolf warrior” artist who became known for his pro-Beijing illustrations during the protests in Hong Kong last year

The Chinese Communist Party criticized Australia’s record last week after the government-initiated Brereton report found that Australian Special Forces soldiers allegedly committed 39 murders in Afghanistan

“These reports point to the hypocrisy of some Western countries that like to consider themselves guardians of human rights and freedom,” Zhao said at the time

China has arrested up to 1 million Muslim Uyghurs in re-education camps in Xinjiang and has been criticized for its actions in Hong Kong. New national security laws that Beijing imposed on the former British colony punish dissent with life imprisonment

The decision by an official government spokesman to share the picture marks another shift in China’s ongoing dispute with Australia, which now covers both the commercial and defense sectors

China hit half a dozen Australian industries with trade strikes this year.Last week, Australian wine exports to China were effectively wiped out by the imposition of tariffs of up to 200 percent, and it also prevented the import of coal, wood and seafood, and the Trade threatened with up to US $ 20 billion a year

The Chinese Embassy published a list of 14 complaints against Australia calling on the Morrison government to reverse its policies on foreign interference, Huawei and the South China Sea The Australian government has said it has no intention of changing its policies or to change position

The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed China’s criticism of Australia’s war record and accused Australia of failing to comply with the rules-based international order after the results of the four-year Brereton investigation were published

“It makes us reassess the true meaning of Canberra’s official line to protect the rules-based world order”

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Eryk Bagshaw is the China correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Due to travel restrictions, he currently lives in Canberra

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